Bears, Bears, Bears!

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Brown / Grizzly Bear, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

I head to Anchorage in a couple hours to begin what is the beginning of two back to back Alaska Bear photo tours! This is always one of the funnest stretches of the year for me! This photo was from last year. By the way, I have a little bit of room in next year’s trips! Click the link for more.

New Camera?

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My long trusted Canon on top with a 500 mm lens, an Olympus E-M1X on the bottom with the equivalent of a 600 mm lens!

Olympus has generously offered to loan me their latest camera gear to try out for the summer with no strings attached! When I say no strings – I mean they don’t even expect a positive review or blog post. That is very generous – The camera and lenses arrived last night via over-night UPS!

I’m very excited to try a 4/3 camera system. I have had many clients in recent years rave about the small size, but it wasn’t until Jim Griggs and Joe McDonald visited our Arizona property this winter did I realize all the advantages. Joe has been a long time professional photographer, and he was acting like a kid who just discovered photography! His enthusiasm was impossible to ignore. As was Jim’s

The small size is really just one of many features – some of the other features like Pro Capture I think are going to complete revolutionize the photography industry. With Pro Capture, the camera is constantly writing up to 35 images to the buffer with the 35th image being replaced by the current one so then the second you hit the shutter, the camera saves all 35 images so effectively you can go back in time! This will be amazing with capturing birds in flight as they land and take-off. I have already had a blast with our swallows at the home office, and can’t wait to try it at the Desert Photo Retreat!

There are so many other features! Pro Comp, which allows you to stack exposure based on the lightest pixels – this will be awesome for aurora and star trail photography. Plus, maybe I can finally juxtaposed wildlife against the stars with a camera trap – can’t wait to try it.

Plus, really close minimum focus, flip up LED screen, 60 fps shutter speed, 4K video, silent shutter, a high-res mode for landscapes where the sensor actually shifts during the image, and an incredible in camera stabilization.

As some of you might remember, I tried the Sony mirror-less a while back, and wasn’t happy with it. I think this system is better geared toward action and wildlife, so I’m optimistic, but I’m holding off judgement until I have had a chance to try it in the field. I think in fairness to the Sony, I may not have given it a fair shake, as I often reverted back to my familiar Canon. To avoid a repeat, I am only taking the Olympus on my upcoming back to back Alaska Bear photo tour trips, so that I will really put it through the paces. Stay tuned.

Fords Terror

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Fords Terror, Endicott Arm, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

Fords Terror, Endicott Arm, Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

A sailboat coming out through the very narrow opening into Fords Terror as we are coming in.  This place is amazing – huge granite walls, waterfalls and because it is very challenging to access, the place to ourselves last month!

Exit Glacier Climbing

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Our friend Gina climbing out of a crevasse.

Our friend Gina climbing out of a crevasse.

I had a great time Friday with my friends at Exit Glacier Guides doing one of their climbing trips.  It was so much fun, and amazing to drop into a beautiful glacier like this!  They were nice enough to set me up with an anchor at the bottom of the crevasse so that I could safely hang out and photograph, what a treat!

Trevor checking on me.

Trevor checking on me.

Pack Creek Bears

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Back from a fun photo tour in Southeast Alaska! Here is a brown bear sow with cubs running from a boar (male) bear last week at Pack Creek, Alaska.

Back from a fun photo tour in Southeast Alaska! Here is a brown bear sow with cubs running from a boar (male) bear last week at Pack Creek, Alaska.

Home from a fun bear and whale photo tour in Southeast Alaska!  The weather was great – warm with lots of sun.  Well, it was great for people, not as helpful for wildlife photography.  We visited some new places for me and spent two nights at Pack Creek which was a bonus!  I’ll have more photos from the trip for the days ahead.